At least it is if you’re a reporter at CNN, and the dictator in question is retiring tyrant Fidel Castro:
Amazing. It’s practically a fan letter. As Babalu’s commenters note, CNN apparently did not tell their reporters to go easy on Pinochet, even though Pinochet actually salvaged Chile’s dysfunctional economy and eventually surrendered power voluntarily and allowed elections.
And I don’t see any signs that CNN is cutting Pakistan’s Musharraf any slack. He’s hardly a great guy, but he has been a valuable ally and instrumental in preventing Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal from falling into the hands of Islamic extremists. And unlike Castro, he has allowed real elections instead of the obvious shams which Castro has staged. It also appears that Musharraf will keep his promise to step down as President at the end of his term. That’s far more than Castro ever did.
Apparently Castro holds a special warm and fuzzy place in CNN’s heart of hearts. How sweet!